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Breast Reduction Geelong

A breast reduction is an operation performed to reduce the size of one or both breasts. It is performed under a general anaesthetic and the operation takes 2-3 hours and requires a hospital stay of 2-3 days. There are different technical ways the operation can be carried out depending on a number of individual factors, and this determines the extent and location of the scars on the breast. In general, in all breast reduction operations the nipple is moved to a higher, more youthful position and the wounds are stitched with dissolving sutures, and covered with light dressings. The scars are shaped like an inverted “T” shape and include a circular scar around the nipple/areoalar complex, a vertical scar passing from the nipple to underneath the breast, which joins a long curved scar passing in the breast fold. In some individuals, it is possible to perform the surgery without the scar in the breast fold, leaving only a circular scar around the nipple and a vertical scar. This is called the short scar technique.

This is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and has high patient satisfaction and low complication rate.

Am I suitable for a breast reduction?

Not everyone is suitable for a breast reduction. Suitability is a matter for you and Mr Rahdon to discuss, following a thorough analysis of your medical history and a thorough clinical consultation. In general you will have to be in good health and be in a healthy weight range.

What are the benefits of a breast reduction?

The surgery visually improves the contour and shape of the breast and places the nipple in a more youthful position leaving the final size and shape of the breast more in keeping with the rest of the body frame. The operation reduces the sensation of heaviness in the breasts and it often improves symptoms of neck and shoulder pain but this is not guaranteed. The operation is very successful at increasing patient confidence and improving self esteem. Patients who have had a breast reduction enjoy participating in sport and being able to wear clothes and swimwear that they would have previously been too embarrassed to wear.

Where are the scars?

There will be a circular scar around the nipple/areolar complex and a vertical scar passing from the nipple scar down to the breast fold. Depending on which technique of breast reduction you are suitable for, these will either be the only scars or else you will have an additional curved scar along the breast fold. All scars are designed to be hidden under the average bra or bikini top. During your consultation, Mr Rahdon will discuss with you whether you are suitable for the longer scar technique or the shorter vertical scar technique.

Is the procedure painful?

The operation is usually not very painful. While in hospital strong painkillers can be given to keep you comfortable. We will give you tablets to take when you go home to keep you comfortable.

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

Following surgery, you should wear a firm sports bra for six weeks. Depending on your job you can usually return to work for light duties after two weeks. By six weeks you should be able to return to full activities including sport.

When will I notice the results and how long will they last?

You will notice an immediate change after a breast reduction. However, there will be some bruising and swelling which may last several weeks. The scars will undergo colour and texture changes over a period usually varying from 6 months to 2 years. The breast shape will change a little over the next 12 months and the final result can usually be judged at around 1 year following surgery. The results of a breast reduction are long lasting provided your operation is done at an age when your breasts have stopped growing. Large changes in weight and further pregnancies can lead to a change is breast size and shape, and the normal age related effects on skin elasticity can lead to a development of loose skin and a drooping of the breast tissue.

Will I be told the risks and complications?

Complications are not common after breast reduction surgery. During your initial consultation Mr Rahdon will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of surgery. You will be given an information leaflet about breast reduction surgery which includes complications and if you decide to go ahead with surgery, these risks will again be discussed as part of the consenting process. Fortunately, with correct patient selection and appropriate procedure selection, the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. It is important that you should be reassured that Mr Rahdon will not agree to perform any cosmetic procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

A Breast Reduction is an operation performed to reduce and lift one or both breasts. Dr Rahdon is a specialist in this type of surgery and is dedicated to giving his patients a feminine shape as well as reduced size.

Women with excessively large breasts desire not only an improvement in breast size and shape but also an improvement in lifestyle. These women may suffer from a range of debilitating physical symptoms such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain, restriction in physical exercise and everyday activities. Finding appropriately sized bras and clothing can be a problem as can maintaining hygiene under the breast. Some women develop very large breasts at an early age but in others it is a problem that occurs following pregnancy. Oversized breasts can have a huge effect on self-esteem. The good news is that this can all be changed with a single procedure!

Methods used

There are two commonly used techniques. TheShort-Scar Vertical Breast Reduction and the T-Incision Technique. Dr Rahdon tends to favor the T-incision Technique as the end result and breast shape is achieved immediately post-surgery. The vertical scar passing from the nipple to underneath the breast joins a curved scar that runs along and is hidden in the fold – forming the inverted “T” shape that gives this technique its name, there is also a circular scar around the nipple/areolar complex. In most breast reduction operations the nipple is moved to a higher, more youthful position and the wounds are closed with dissolving sutures and covered with light, skin-coloured tape.

Introduction

This is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and has high patient satisfaction and a low complication rate.The surgery is performed to make the breasts smaller as well as lift the breasts to a more youthful position. At the same time an oversized areola can be reduced for a nicer cosmetic outcome.

The purpose of the surgery is not only to improve the appearance of the breasts but also to alleviate back and neck pain as well as to aid in hygiene in the folds underneath the breasts. After this procedure most women report that they are able to lead a more active lifestyle.

Incision Closure & Recovery

The incisions are closed with dissolving sutures that do not need to be removed. Dr Rahdon does not usually use drains – you will wake up after your operation with tape on your breasts and a nicely fitting bra.

The skin-coloured tape staysover the incisions during the healing phase and should remain intact for two weeks after your surgery.

Summary

During the recovery period you will be required to wear a supportive bra to hold and support your new breasts while they heal. You may experience some minor discomfort, bruising and swelling, as well as numbness around the nipple all of which usually subside within two weeks. Although you may feel well enough to return to work in approximately one week, you should continue to avoid strenuous activity such as exercise for four to six weeks after your procedure to allow your body sufficient time to heal.

You will be able to notice a dramatic difference in the size, shape and position of your breasts immediately following your procedure. You will then continue to notice a change in the appearance of your breasts as swelling subsides and they settle into their new position.

Am I suitable candidate for a breast reduction?

Not everyone is suitable for a breast reduction. Suitability is a matter for you and Dr Rahdon to discuss during your consultation. Certainly you will need to be in good general health and within a healthy weight range. If you are suitable, Dr Rahdon will discuss with you the options available and decide on the most appropriate method of surgery for you.

What’s involved?

The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 3 hours. The operation is usually performed at St John of God Hospital, Geelong and an overnight stay in hospital is required.

After the surgery you will wake up wearing a compression bra to help reduce any swelling and aid your recovery. This garment is to be worn for six weeks, after which time you can wear anything you like. Pain is minimal and can be well managed with either Endone or regular paracetamol tablets which you will be given the day of your discharge from hospital.

What are the benefits of a breast reduction?

The surgery visually improves the contour and shape of the breasts and returns the nipple to a more youthful position, leaving the final size and shape of the breast more in keeping with the rest of the body frame. The operation reduces the sensation of heaviness in the breasts and it often improves symptoms of neck and shoulder pain although this cannot be guaranteed. The operation is very successful at increasing patient confidence and improving self-esteem. Patients who have had a breast reduction often enjoy participating in sport and being able to wear clothes and swimwear that they may previously have been too embarrassed to wear.

Where are the scars?

There will be a circular scar around the nipple/areolar complex and a vertical scar passing from the nipple down to the breast fold. Often a further incision runs along the fold underneath the breasts. All scars are designed to be hidden under a bra or bikini top. We offer complimentary laser scar improvement at Body Recon Cosmetic Clinic to ensure you have the very best results possible.

Is the procedure painful?

The operation is usually not very painful. When you wake following surgery you will have very little discomfort as Dr Rahdon uses plenty of local anaesthetic in addition to the general anaesthetic. You will be given medication to take when you go home to keep you comfortable.

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

Following surgery, you should wear the compression bra for six weeks. Depending on your job you can usually return to work for light duties after two weeks. By six weeks you should be able to return to full activities including vigorous exercise.

When will I notice the results and how long will they last?

You will notice an immediate change after a breast reduction. However, there will be some bruising and swelling which may take several weeks to resolve. The scars will undergo colour and texture changes over a period of 6 months to 2 years. The laser scar revision that we offer at Body Recon Cosmetic Clinic visually improves the appearance and feel of the scars, speeding up this maturation process.The breast shape will change a little over the first 12 months and the final result can usually be judged at around one year after surgery. The results of a breast reduction are long lasting provided your operation is done at an age when your breasts have stopped growing. Large changes in weight and pregnancy can lead to a change in breast size and shape and the normal age-related effects on skin elasticity can lead to the development of loose skin and a drooping of the breast tissue.

Can Liposuction alone reduce my breasts?

A breast reduction involves lifting and realigning the breast as well as removing fatty tissue. In most cases, liposuction alone will not be able to achieve the same results.

Will I be able to have a minor procedure performed on the same day as my Breast Reduction?

Other surgical procedures can be done at the same time. Dr Rahdon often performs a tummy tuck or rhinoplasty at the same time as a breast reduction. Other smaller procedures such as removal of moles or skin lesions may also be performed on the same day as your breast reduction.

What happens during my first consultation?

You will be required to complete a registration form for the clinic and your medical history will be reviewed and assessed. For those considering cosmetic surgery, Dr Rahdon will spend plenty of time with you discussing your specific concerns as well as the possible procedural options that you may benefit from. Photographs will usually be taken and you will receive an information pack. It is strongly encouraged that you learn about your procedure of interest prior to your first consultation with Dr Rahdon. If you have a date in mind for your surgery, it may be booked during your first or subsequent consultation.

What happens after the first consultation?

For larger procedures you will often be encouraged to attend a second consultation. This allows time for you to consider all the information you have been given, prepare questions and conduct your own research. It also allows time for a cost estimate to be prepared and sent to you. A suitable date and time for your surgery will be organised.

Before your operation you will be requested to go to Chez Ma Belle Lingerie, in Yarra Street, Geelong, to be fitted for a support garment. You need to bring this with you on the day of your surgery and it will be fitted immediately post-op, while you are still asleep. The support garment will need to be worn constantly for 48hrs following your breast reduction surgery.

How much is a consultation?

A consultation with Dr Rahdon is priced at $170. You will receive a rebate from medicare of $72.75. The first consultation for breast reduction generally lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. A consultation with Dr Rahdon is always required to determine suitability and decide on the breast reduction method and of course to have all your questions answered thoroughly.

Do I need a referral?

Yes, you do require a referral from your local GP as breast reduction in most cases will have an item number for medicare. This means that you will be able to claim a portion of the cost of your consultation and surgery. You will still have out of pocket expenses even if you are privately insured.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?

There is a chance that breastfeeding may not be possible after breast reduction. The level of risk depends on the surgical technique used for the procedure and the initial size of your breasts. This can be discussed in detail at your consultation.

Can I lose nipple sensation?

Yes, sometimes this is the case but it is uncommon and in most cases is only a short-term side effect. Loss of sensation is more common in women with extremely large breasts.

Will I be told the risks and complications?

Major complications are uncommon following breast reduction. During your initial consultation Dr Rahdon will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of surgery. You will be given an information leaflet about reduction which includes complications and if you decide to go ahead with surgery these risks will again be discussed as part of the consenting process. Fortunately, with correct patient selection and appropriate procedure selection, the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. Dr. Rahdon will not agree to perform any cosmetic procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

What are the major risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery carries the risk of potential complications that are possible for all surgeries. These include bleeding, infection, hematoma, adverse reactions to anesthesia and scarring. Potential risks that are specific to breast reduction surgery include asymmetrical breasts, altered or loss of nipple and areola sensitivity and the inability to breastfeed.

What if I don’t live in Geelong?

We have a large number of patients who travel to Geelong in order to have their surgery performed by Dr Rahdon. For those that are performed as a day case, you will be required to stay overnight in the Geelong area – we can help arrange accommodation for you. You will be reviewed by Dr Rahdon the day after your surgery before you are able to return home. It is expected that you be available for review appointments when required.

What are the costs?

With all surgical procedures there are three costs that need to be considered. These are the surgical fee, the aesthetic fee and the hospital fee. Some procedures such as breast reduction, breast lift, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty and reconstructive surgeries may be rebatable by your health fund which can significantly reduce the overall costs. Breast reduction isa rebatable procedure if you have been referred to Dr Rahdon by your GP. The anaesthetic fee and hospital fee are dependent on the duration of the operation. Following your initial consultation you will be provided with a written estimate of the fees involved with the procedure

When do I need to pay these fees?

Your surgical fee is required two weeks prior to surgery, as is your anaesthetic fee. The hospital fee and any medications you are sent home with will be paid on the day of your surgery to the hospital.

Why Should I choose Dr Rahdon to perform my Breast Reduction?

  1. Dr Rahdon is highly skilled plastic surgeon and knowledgeable in breast reduction surgery.
  2. We are able to offer you the best facilities- St John of God Day Surgery Centre has been awarded one of the best surgery centres in Australia. It also boasts some of the best personnel- nurses, theatre nurses, anaesthetists etc.
  3. We are able to offer you the best post-operative care with on call cosmetic nurse specialists and regular review appointments with Dr Rahdon to ensure you are 100% happy with your beautiful new breasts. Geelong also has a plastic surgeon on-call at all times.
  4. Post-operative laser scar revision is complimentary at Body Recon Cosmetic Clinic.
  5. We are able to provide you with revisionary surgery where required- a luxury not offered for overseas surgeries.
  6. We provide the most up to date methods and technology with breast reduction surgery.

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